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French Women and the Empire: The Case of Indochina

Marie-Paule Ha


This book investigates the history of the colonial gender politics in Third Republic France using Indochina as a case study. Its departure point is the interrogation of the dramatic change in the French colonialist view of the empire as an exclusively male preserve where women feared to tread. At the turn of the century, a reverse discourse emerged in the metropole, forcefully arguing that colonial female emigration was essential to “true” colonization. The first part of the book analyzes the highly complex web of interconnected factors underlying this radical transformation of the empire from ... More

Keywords: French women, empire, Indochina, Third Republic, colonial female emigration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199640362
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640362.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marie-Paule Ha, author
Honorary Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong